SWODIN digital imaging repository
gains new members
GUELPH, Ont. –
North Wellington Health Care, Groves Memorial Community Hospital, and
Guelph General Hospital have joined the South Western Ontario Diagnostic
Imaging Repository Network (SWODIN). This is a key step towards
integrating electronic patient records for hospitals in Ontario, and
eventually, throughout Canada.
Mohawk Shared Services Inc. will connect all hospitals in Local Health
Integrated Networks (LHIN) 3 and 4 to the data centre housed in London,
Ontario, enabling caregivers to share diagnostic images and reports from
hospitals across LHINs 1, 2, 3, and 4. MSSi will manage the DI-r service
on behalf of the participating hospitals in the Hamilton Niagara
Haldimand Brant LHIN (HNHB) and the Waterloo Wellington LHIN (WW).
Benefits of this repository include:
• Secure, quick and easy access by clinicians and radiologists, to a
patient’s diagnostic imaging and reports, allowing them to diagnose
regardless of patient origin and where the images were acquired.
• Enhanced clinician collaboration and knowledge transfer, resulting in
better treatment, fewer retakes and a reduction in radiation exposure.
• Treatment plans developed through collaboration with specialists
located in other communities.
“This system allows our rural facilities to link seamlessly with the
large teaching centers in Hamilton and London as well as the many other
community hospitals already on this repository,” said Jerome Quenneville
(pictured), Wellington Health Care Alliance President and CEO and Chair
of the LHINs 3-4 DI-r Mohawk Shared Services Advisory Committee.
“Access to imaging procedures from other healthcare facilities will
decrease the need to repeat examinations which provides efficiencies to
the system,” added Mike Sharma, Director of Diagnostic Imaging at Guelph
The remaining hospitals in WW LHIN and HNHB LHIN will be connected to
the DI-r over the next year. By the fall of 2011, 100 percent of images
taken in the delivery of hospital-based healthcare for patients will be
digitally stored and shareable among healthcare providers across LHINs
1, 2, 3, and 4.
“Guelph and Palmerston area residents will greatly benefit from having
their diagnostic images available digitally because it will help speed
up diagnosis and treatment,” said Richard Alvarez, President and CEO,
Canada Health Infoway. “Across Canada, hundreds of millions of dollars
in savings and efficiencies are being realized every year thanks to the
investments made to digitize images such as X-rays, CT scans and
Greg A. Reed, President and CEO of eHealth Ontario said, “eHealth
Ontario is proud to be an implementation partner on an initiative that
advances healthcare delivery and benefits Ontarians. This is a perfect
example of how collaboration within the healthcare system can deliver
results that improve patient care, consistent with the government’s
focus on access to care.”
Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) has provided $35 million and eHealth
Ontario has provided $26 million in funding to support the transfer of
diagnostic images and reports between various healthcare organizations
in Southwestern Ontario. The project is part of the Ontario government’s
ehealth agenda and Infoway’s vision for a pan-Canadian electronic health
Canada Health Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit organization
funded by the federal government. Infoway jointly invests with every
province and territory to accelerate the development and adoption of
electronic health record projects in Canada
Posted February 10, 2011